Paraguayan league halts restart after 3 teams get virus

The restart of the Paraguayan football league was called off Friday after three teams came down with cases of the coronavirus.

The Paraguayan football association said Guarani, 12 de Octubre and San Lorenzo cannot play and train until another medical examination is held.

The football association did not say how many players or club staff members have become infected.

"The positive cases were detected in exams performed in the middle of the week, with results available since last night," the association said in a statement. "After those reports, the measures established in the protocols guiding the return of Paraguayan football were activated."

The league had been scheduled to resume Friday after a four-month suspension caused by the pandemic. San Lorenzo were to play General Diaz.

On Saturday, Guarani were scheduled to play Guairena and 12 de Octubre were to play Sol de America.

Club executives are expected to meet later Friday to discuss whether other matches will go forward.

Paraguay has done comparatively well in combating the virus. Only 27 people in the country of almost 7 million residents have died with the virus of about 3,300 infected.